If you were expecting a blitz of celebrities, veteran designers and lots of scandal on day one of Lakme Fashion Week, you would be disappointed. Mumbai’s premier fashion spectacle has come to terms with the fact that it’s a platform for the young and aspiring rather than the old and established. Which is not always a bad thing. Kareena Kapoor’s appearance at Anushka Khanna’s show had the whole venue in a tizzy, and the star was the only A-lister to be seen in the front row all day. But fashion weeks should be about fashion anyway, so check out some of the trends that you could adopt off the runway.Ponchos
Capes and their tequila flavoured cousins dotted the runway at Pia Pauro (right), Ritu Beri and Izi Atelier. Heavily-embroidered pieces worn over tank tops and shorts or gold stained silk versions thrown over gowns, there’s a cape for every occasion.
If you’ve got a red carpet event coming up, it would be wise to invest in the ultimate hourglass shape. You can opt for the dramatic warrior-princess version with cutouts that mimic armour, à la Vizyon or try Jatin Verma’s (left) heavily embellished, glittery options that actually make noise when you move.
Would you wear a head-to-toe print and then add a bag in the same pattern? You might, if you saw what Pia Pauro (above) had to offer. Of course, this style is strictly for the tall, skinny and lion-hearted.
Role models: Arshia Ahuja, model
Having recently moved to Mumbai from Delhi, model Arshia Ahuja admits she’s still scoping out the place. “Initially, I used to have no time to shop because I would always be on a tight schedule, but now I’m finding my way around,” she says, before giving us a run-down of her top places to shop at.
I use a light base from L’Oreal, because if I use anything heavier, I get this burst of acne. I usually shop for all other products, like mascara and blush, from MAC.
I like wearing slightly loose, comfortable clothing, so I head to Zara and Mango. As for street shopping, it’s Sarojini Nagar in Delhi and Hill Road in Mumbai. I like wearing shorts, which suit me the most, but you have to be careful to wear a wrap-around till you get to the car otherwise you’ll have people staring at you all the time.
I love the new feather trend, it makes me feel like a jungle girl. I pick up my stuff from Forever 21.
Blast from the past
Ritu Beri created ripples as a designer in the ’90s. And from the looks of it, she still seems to thinks we live in the 20th century. The clothes that she sent onto the runway had jaws dropping, albeit for all the wrong reasons. Thick lace bell sleeves were attached to the helpless models as they struggled to maintain their poise in thigh-high white boots and gharara-pantsuits. It left us hoping that we find a time machine and send this collection back to to the era it really belongs to.